15 May 2012

Deploying the Lync Mobility Service

Written by Chris Bardon, Posted in Microsoft, Lync

Microsoft Lync phones

With bits for the Lync mobility service and the Windows Phone client released. The official documentation that comes along with the download is pretty good in this case, and there are already some other blog posts that cover the deployment in detail, which is great to see. While it would have been nice to not have to need an extra server component, it does make sense that you’d need to abstract the SIP stack away from the client, and the way that piece works makes sense. What I don’t understand though is the need for yet another autodiscover service.

02 January 2012

Download 2012 Calendar

Written by Martin Borowski, Posted in ComputerTalk

2012 Lync ComputerTalk Calendar

Download our amazing 2012 Calendar. Includes Canadian and US holidays.

Download here.

02 January 2012

Building a standalone Lync server, or, how to write UCMA applications on a plane

Written by Chris Bardon, Posted in Microsoft, Lync

Microsoft Lync standalone

One of the difficult things about writing applications using UCMA is the fact that you need to connect to Lync in order to run or debug any of your code.  In fact, since you can’t connect UCMA applications through the edge server, you need direct access to the front end, which probably means VPN connectivity for any remote work.  On top of that, if you want to be able to provision and debug things on the server side, you’ll need administrative access to the Lync server, so it’s likely that there’ll be a separate development lab environment set up apart from your company’s everyday Lync deployment.  In the ideal case, each developer would have access to their own personal Lync sandbox, since then they could write and test whatever they needed to without impacting anyone else.

Over the past few years, I’ve run into a few people that have built monster laptops that ran Hyper-V and a full Lync stack, but I’d never tried putting one together myself.  Last week though, I finally got the chance, and while it does work, there are a few pitfalls that I found while trying to get everything going.

First, the hardware...

14 December 2011

Microsoft Lync Mobile client for Windows Phone

Written by Chris Bardon, Posted in Microsoft, Lync

Microsoft Lync 2010 Mobile Windows Phone

Yesterday, the Microsoft Lync Mobile client for Windows Phone finally got released, just making it out in the “Q4 2011” that was promised earlier this year. After making the server side changes a couple of days ahead of time, I got a chance to try the client out yesterday, and see what it can do.

First, when you log in, the client asks about setting up a single number reach, which is really just setting up Simultaneous Ring for your mobile number. This feature has been there since day one, but if nothing else, having it front and centre like this will expose it to people that have never used it before.

05 December 2011

Troubleshooting UCMA applications - Microsoft Lync, DNS entries, and failed calls

Written by Chris Bardon, Posted in Microsoft, Lync, Troubleshooting

UCMA application troubleshooting

One of the most frustrating things that you can run into when working with UCMA is starting your application, placing a call to it, and having that call fail.  As far as your code is concerned, everything is great.  Calls worked yesterday, calls work for other developers, but for some reason, your call is failing.  At this point, the only real way to track down what’s going on is to go on the server and run OCSLogger.exe and trace the call.